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December 13, 2018.

Bad password.

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SplashData analyzed more than 5 million passwords that were leaked on the Internet, and just like the seven previous years the company has reviewed the data, people continue to set predictable, easy-to-guess passwords that rely on strings of letters and numbers that are close to each other on computer keyboards, according to a news release. In addition to perennial favourites, such as “1234567” and “12345678,” the list of ill-advised passwords for 2018 included newcomers “!@#$%^&*” (the special characters that correspond to 12345678, ranked 20th) and “donald,” ranked 23rd.

The Washington Post, “ In annual ranking of worst passwords, ‘donald’ makes its debut.”